On Your First Mother’s Day

You’ll probably get woken up early today by a mischievious munchkin with drool on their pajamas. I know you wanted, no, needed, to sleep in. Though you are tired, delight in the love found in the morning wake up call of little fingers poking you in the eyes, or little feet tickling your stomach. I know you feel unappreciated at times, but they do love you- just not yet with words. 

As the day gets started, I know that there’s tasks that need to be done: changing diapers, washing the dishes, folding the laundry, and a million other things. I know that a small part of you may resent doing these things, since Mother’s Day is supposed to be your “day off” to “relax.” That’s ok. No one enjoys these things as much as they say they do. There will be days, months, and even years that try your patience, but you have what you need to persevere.

Try to find the humour in the situation when the baby pulls all the wipes out of the container and drags them across the floor- it’s like she’s helping you mop! You might get many things accomplished today, and you might not. Just remember that your value doesn’t come from completing a to-do list.

As you prepare lunch for a picky eater, I know you’re tempted to think about a comment made to you earlier this week about your baby’s size. Don’t worry about people who say your baby is too tall, too short, too chubby, or too skinny. Miracles come in all shapes and sizes, and grow at their own pace. 

On your first Mother’s Day, your partner might get you something that you don’t like, or perhaps they purchased something even though you said, “No gifts, please.” Maybe they forgot to get you a gift at all. Love them anyway.

Today your partner may fail to keep a promise; they may have forgotten to make reservations, or perhaps they went too overboard when you wanted a simple day:

Love them anyway.

As the day comes to a close, try to not focus on the things that didn’t go as planned. Don’t let worry about whether you were “present” enough throughout the day steal precious sleep. 

You’re doing better than you think you are! Look how far you’ve come from where you’ve started– in so many areas, not just in being a mom. 

Happy Mother’s Day.


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